Bloomington, IN) - OpenCollab joined the Kuali Foundation as a Kuali Commercial Affiliate on November 1, 2011. The move emphasizes OpenCollab's commitment to using collaborative methods and open source technology to deliver world-class services and best-fit solutions to Higher Education clients.
OpenCollab has been involved with higher education in South Africa for over a decade. During the past few years, OpenCollab closely observed and informally supported certain select community source higher education software solutions. By joining the Kuali Foundation, OpenCollab demonstrates its belief in the possibilities and opportunities for community source in South Africa, as well as the rest of Africa. Strong local Kuali support now lowers the barriers to entry for Kuali adopters in South Africa. OpenCollab has joined forces with North-West University (Potchefstroom, South Africa) over the past 18 months to start creating a local knowledge base of the Kuali technology stack and projects.
OpenCollab will continue to serve their local and geographically dispersed clients and partners from Cape Town, South Africa. Cape Town is well known as a growing hub for the ICT sector in South Africa, as well as the rest of Africa. By joining the Kuali Community, OpenCollab hopes to help raise the profile of Cape Town even further.
Martilene Orffer, Managing Director of OpenCollab remarks, "Becoming a Kuali Commercial Affiliate affords us the opportunity to participate in the development and support of world class best fit ERP solutions for higher education. It is an important milestone for us, but more importantly it is a platform to gain recognition for South African software development skills and to collaborate with peers globally."
According to North-West University's Chief Director of Information Technology, Attie Juyn, "A reliable KCA like OpenCollab is essential to the success of our Kuali strategy. In Africa, it will form the glue between collaborating institutions, and over time will become the centre of Kuali expertise. I am very pleased that all South African universities now have access to a local KCA that understands local conditions. This event will enable more universities to join the Kuali community and reap the huge benefits of quality collaborative software."
Says North-West University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation Technology), Frikkie van Niekerk, "ICT has become a strategic differentiator. It is no longer appropriate to only focus on service delivery. Knowledge-intensive Institutions have to pro-actively embrace the vast opportunities that come with ICT."
OpenCollab is excited to join hands with the Kuali Foundation and South African Higher Education Institutions to bring Community Source ERP to South Africa.
Says Kuali Foundation's Executive Director, Jennifer Foutty: "I am pleased that OpenCollab is joining the Kuali community as a Kuali Commercial Affiliate. They have a deep understanding of the values of the Kuali community and its commitment to deliver open source solutions for administrative software and we look forward to them bringing these important solutions to the higher education institutions in South Africa and beyond."
OpenCollab is a Cape Town-based, South African software development and consulting company. OpenCollab uses Java technologies primarily, and leverage open source frameworks and tools. OpenCollab's solutions and services span the full range of the software development life cycle. OpenCollab builds scalable, enterprise-strength applications that grow with our clients' business.
OpenCollab has recently been restructured and renamed following a major shift in shareholding, and will increase its focus on Kuali, Sakai and related solutions.
Contact Information: Martilene Orffer, Managing Director, Martilene@opencollab.co.za
The Kuali Foundation is a non-profit organization that coordinates the efforts of colleges and universities to sustain and evolve administrative software that meets the needs of all sizes of higher education institutions, from small colleges to large research universities. The Kuali Foundation began in 2004 as a cooperative effort among partners with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop an open-source, community-owned financial system. Success with joint development of the Kuali Financial System has led to additional pooled investment projects, including Kuali Coeus for Research Administration, Kuali Student, Kuali Rice, Kuali Open Library Environment, Kuali People Management for the Enterprise, Kuali Mobility, and Kuali Ready, with coordination by the independent, not-for-profit Kuali Foundation Inc. The software developed by Kuali projects is available, without fee, for anyone to use or modify under the Educational Community License.